The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences office is typically open to walk-in visitors Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. The Dinosaur Park, located outdoors adjacent to Rood Hall, is always free and open to the public. The Schmaltz Geology Museum, located on the first floor of Rood Hall, is also free and open to the public whenever the building is open (typically Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm). If you are visiting Dino Park or the museum, please park in designated visitor lots if you do not have a WMU parking permit. Please follow all posted safety protocols when you are in the building.

Rood Hall will be accessible only by swipe card from noon on Wednesday, Nov 23 through 7:30 am on Monday, Nov 28. Rood will be accessible by swipe card during winter closure, from 5 pm on Thursday, Dec 22 through 8 am on Wednesday, Jan 4.

The physical address of Rood Hall is 2235 Wilbur Ave. In case of an emergency please dial 911.


  • Please remember the Department on Giving Tuesday - November 29 - with a gift to one of our student scholarship funds. In particular we are highlighting the Alan Kehew Endowment and the Dick Passero Endowment in honor of their contributions to the department. 
  • We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Alan Kehew. Al was a faculty member in our department for 34 years, moving from assistant to full professor and serving as department chair from 1997 to 2002. He was best known for extensive research on the hydrogeology and glacial geology of Michigan, and was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He served on more than 50 student thesis and dissertation committees, with former students now employed in academic, industry, and government positions around the globe. We are compiling memories, stories, and photos of Al for our annual department newsletter - if you have something to share, please contact Tom Howe. Per his family's request, please consider making a donation to the Alan E. Kehew Endowment in his honor.  
  • The GRE is not required for admission to our MS and PhD programs. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors to find out if submitting optional scores is recommended. For more information, please see our Graduate Programs page or contact Dr. Peter Voice, Director of Graduate Studies.